Graduated from the Royal College of Art to the Spanish artist Jorge Rivera, Xiaguirou mountain artist village is where he learns about Taiwan culture. Apart from art, he can also know the daily life of Taiwanese. The artists create together and form a group.
Replacement of lodgers is often, Yang Jen-Ming left then filled in with Isa Ho, borrowed to Tsui Hui-Yu afterwards. Yang Shih-chih left the studio to Mico yang. Followed by Yang Mao Lin, Chen Ching-Yao, TSAI Yi-Ju, Tang Jo-Hung, Lin Hui-Heng etc. These artists recognized their age and experience are building up as more and more young faces moved into the village. A miniature of history rises of a generation and follow up by next. Giving an energetic sense to the village and bringing a ‘never stop’ reminder to them.
Talking on the situation and difficulties when they were young, Ho and Chou both agreed creations is the most precious time. Enjoy the process, doing what they are passionate for. Nothing can replace this feeling. They hope the young artist try to overcome the difficulties.
Teaching is the source of income for Chou. He said that problems and difficulties must occur. The attitude is the key. In this art market, we see people succeed with having a brokerage agreement to have a stable livelihood. However, the income is still not comparable with the lite in the financial industry.
Isa Ho shared her thought on things went out of her expectation which was the most terrible situation to her. ‘Because I'm too optimistic’, so she cannot stand with the gap of reality. Seeing many senior artists also faced difficulties, she found out every does have to overcome some challenges in life. Learning from the lessons from the seniors, everything seems to become easier. She said that she was in a fear unprecedented on facing the expectations of "middle-aged artists" and her physical condition.
Chou Chen said the meaning of ‘Artist’ was living is not easy but they still insist on doing art and creating. Gilles Lan returns to creation after being as a designer nearly when he was 40 as he wants to create what he wanted. Isa Ho makes fun of her ideas of changing career, although she had been bartender, swimming teacher, editor, she admits that she cannot live without art.
Xiaguirou Artist Village welcome and farewell many artists, the artist Chang Ling was the one who lives here for the longest, from 2004 until early 2019. He provided a lot of precious information about Xiaguirou and a chronology. He used to visit his neighbours very often, he was the lucky one to work with galleries since 2006. Leaving the village last year, the new place is quiet, personal time becomes more and boring. Chang laughed that If he was not working as an artist, he really doesn’t know what to do at all.
To Chang Ling, Isa Ho, Chou Chen, Gilles Lan and Jorge Rivera, Creation and Art is the unbearable element of being. Xiaguirou Artist Village is an undisturbed place that they can settle down under the pursuit of growth in economy.
Over the past ten years, artists have moved in and out many times, with more than 30 artists.
The first batch：Lin shuen long, Yang Shih-chih and Yang Jen-Ming
The second batch：Isa Ho, Chang Ling, Chen Ching-Yao, Yang Mao-lin, YANG CHENG JUN, JHONG Jiang-ze, Tsui Hui-Yu, CHIU Chao-Tsai, LIN Yishu, LI LI JIE, Chou Chen, Liu Rongyuan（engineer）, Lee Feng，Mainland artist, Dong Li, TSAI Yi-Ju, Dong JoHung, Lin Hui-Heng
The third batch：Gilles Lan, Jorge, yoyo, Li Fenlan, He Kunhan, Chen Zhaohua, HSIEH YU-CHEN, Zhang Jialiang, Yu-Hsiang Cheng, Lin Rong
Chronicles of Xiaguirou
2000: Lin shuen long and other artists move in and rectify the environment
2007: Chang Ling proposed to rent the place to more artists
2007: Hold a party for 100, a big event in the art industry
2008: Chen Ching-Yao fall from the roof and broken arm
2009: YANG CHENG JUN proposed to rent the place to more artists
2012: QIA QIA Art Theory (恰恰藝術理論）born in Xiaguirou
2018: Typhoon struck, the second floor of Building A was damaged
Introduction and works of Isa Ho：www.yicollecta.com/zh/collections/37
Introduction and works of Chou Chen：www.yicollecta.com/zh/collections/41
Introduction and works of Gilles Lan：www.yicollecta.com/zh/collections/36
Xiaguirou Artist Village (1)：www.yicollecta.com/zh/articles/158
Figure 1：artist Isa Ho
Figure 2：from up to bottom，artist Jorge Rivera and Chou Chen, Chang Ling